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Superman Returns

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Bryan Singer

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About the Movie

While old enemy Lex Luthor (Kevin Spacey) plots to render him powerless, Superman (Brandon Routh) must face the heartbreaking realization that Lois Lane (Kate Bosworth), has moved on with her life. Or has she? From the depths of the ocean to the far reaches of outer space, Superman blazes an epic journey of redemption to protect the world he loves from cataclysmic destruction. Director Bryan Singer takes the helm in this superpowered epic action-adventure that reunites Superman with a world that's almost learned to live without him.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 259
  • Fresh: 196
  • Rotten: 63
  • Average Rating: 7.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Superman, born in 1938, is still very much alive in 2006. The Man of Steel has so skillfully bent the bars of our imagination that he seems real to us. And in a sense, he is. – Stephanie Zacharek,, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: The movie may not be a single-bound building-leaper but Bryan Singer reconfigures the daddy of all comic-book sagas into something knowing, witty, and even sensitive. – J. Hoberman, Village Voice, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: Strictly for fans on school vacation. – Rex Reed, New York Observer, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: While his movie can be cumbersome, it's consistently alive, and that is saying a lot when many such productions are dead in the water, on land or in the air. Also, how can you resist the charm of a fantasy in which everyone gets his news from newspapers? – Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Not too terrible

I don't know why everybody hates this movie so much. This movie it wasn't that bad. I've seen worse in my lifetime and this movie did have a lot of action. If they could find a way to combine man of steel and this movie, it would be perfect.

Top notch!

This film is full of heart and fits perfectly into the world of the Chris Reeve films. An actually good, original story that fortunately wasn't a regurgitation of a story we've seen before, and wasn't built around how many special fx they could squeeze out of it. The special fx in this film were superb and worked to support the film rather than upstaging the story and distracting the audience (i.e. The Man of Steel). I love how this movie examines Superman's humanity; his struggle with being alien and feeling like he doesn't have a place. I'm glad Bryan Singer chose not to pander to audiences' expectations, and decided to show us a side of Superman we've never seen. We know he's incredibly strong and has all of those cool powers. But building a movie around that is a mistake in my book. I'm tired of seeing the same plot lines, same shots, same predictable love stories, etc. I'm glad Singer took a roll of the dice. In my book, it paid off. Though the Man of Steel was a more fast-paced thrill ride, am I the only one who thought the long winded fight scenes didn't make sense, and the final battle was totally pointless? I enjoyed that Superman Returns is more of an emotional roller coaster, and doesn't treat us like mindless adolescents, but gives us something for adults to sink their teeth into while still teasing the child within (and satisfying all of us who adored the spirit of the Chris Reeve films).


I still preferred Man of Steel.

Superman Returns
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Action & Adventure
  • Released: 2006

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Available Bundle

  1. Superman 6 Film Collection, Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.